Top Third Base Prospects – April 2020

133Jordan GroshansTOR20AR6′ 3”205Good power with decent contact. Not a base stealer or a shortstop contrary to some reports.YouTube YouTube
239Alec BohmPHI23AAAR6′ 5”225Big power. Better contact than expected for a guy with a “questionable” hit tool.YouTube YouTube
340Orelvis MartinezTOR18RKR6′ 1”188Showed off big power as a minor in the GCL. Will not play SS for long.YouTube YouTube
445Oneil CruzPIT21MLBL6′ 7”175Huge frame which means huge power and huge strike zone.YouTube YouTube
568Josh JungTEX21AR6′ 2”215Top ten pick in the 2019 draft. Above average hit and power.YouTube YouTube
669Nolan JonesCLE21AAL6′ 2”185Big future power but it didn’t show in the 2019 stat line. Lots of strikeouts but also walks at a good clip. Patient to a fault.YouTube YouTube
775Ke’Bryan HayesPIT22MLBR6′ 1”210High on real-life lists due to defense. Power regressed (at AAA) in what many pegged as a breakout season.Twitter Twitter
897Nolan GormanSTL19A+L6′ 1”210Prodigious power that hasn’t translated to the box score. Hit tool lags far behind. Got completely overwhelmed at A+. Still young.YouTube YouTube
9100Brett BatyNYM20RKL6′ 3”2102019 first rounder with future above average hit and power. A long way from reaching those grades though.YouTube YouTube
10107Alexander MojicaPIT17RKR6′ 1”195Walked more than he struck out in the DSL as a 16-17 year old. Slashed .351/.468/.580 over 218 PA.YouTube
11115Jonathan IndiaCIN23AAR6′ 0”200Many people loved him coming out of 2018’s draft. He disappointed them. Has displayed an average hit tool with average power. Below-average speed. Showed signs of turning it around at AA last year.YouTube YouTube
12127Kody HoeseLAD22RKR6′ 4”200First rounder last year. Above-average power. Average contact. No speed.Twitter Twitter
13130Sherten ApostelTEX20A+R6′ 4”200Above-average power. Average contact. No speed. Going into his fourth season of pro ball.YouTube YouTube
14165Julio CarrerasCOL19A-R6′ 2”190Has shown a better hit tool than expected to go with his average power and above-average speed.YouTube YouTube
15174Abraham ToroHOU22MLBS6′ 1”190Much bigger than 190. Launch angle will limit homers unless he changes his swing. Surprisingly fast. Top 10% in sprint speed in 2019.YouTube YouTube
16176Bobby DalbecBOS24MLBR6′ 4”225Huge power. Can’t make contact. Same way it’s been the last dozen or so years it seems.YouTube YouTube
17180Isaac ParedesDET20AAAR5′ 11”225Above average contact. Might get to average power. No speed. Has the body of Placido Polanco.YouTube YouTube
18185Aaron SchunkCOL22A-R6′ 2”2052019 third round pick. Showed average contact and power in his first year of pro ball.YouTube
19188Miguel VargasLAD20A+R6′ 3”205Showed much more power last year. Above-average hit tool. Should be able to hit for average power with his frame.YouTube YouTube
20195Luis ToribioSF19RKL6′ 1”165Should develop nice power in the future. Not sure if the hit tool will ever get to average. Lots of walks so far though.YouTube YouTube
21201Mark VientosNYM19AR6′ 4”185Billed as a big power guy with solid contact. He showed neither last year after a solid season in rookie ball.YouTube
22203Colton WelkerCOL22AAR6′ 1”195Above average contact. Might get to average power. No speed.YouTube YouTube
23221Jake BurgerCHW23AR6′ 2”210The 11th pick in 2017 hasn’t played since the season he was drafted due to injuries. Chance for above average contact and power but has missed significant development time.YouTube YouTube
24246Kevin PadloTB23AAAR6′ 2”205Scuffled along his first five minor league seasons. Had a little breakout last year with 21 HR and 53 XBH. Still struck out entirely too much.YouTube YouTube
25325Elehuris MonteroSTL21AAR6′ 3”215Might hit enough to get to his power one day. Looked completely overmatched at AA last year but was only 20.YouTube YouTube
26336Rece HindsCIN19RKR6′ 4”215Many thought he had the best power in the 2019 draft. Contact is awful per reports.YouTube YouTube
27346Malcom NunezSTL18AR5′ 11”205Thicc. Good hitting instincts. Less than ideal size. Struggled to hit for power in his age-18 season.YouTube
28348Davis WendzelTEX22AR6′ 0”205#41 overall pick in 2019. Should get to average hit and power tools.YouTube YouTube
29350Hudson PottsSD21AAR6′ 3”205Good power. Serious strikeout issues. Has always been young for his level.YouTube YouTube
30391Grae KessingerHOU22AR6′ 2”2002nd round selection by Houston. Has showed an above-average hit tool and average speed. Not much power.YouTube YouTube
31395Warming BernabelCOL17RKR6′ 0”180Showed solid contact skills and hit 19 XBH over 212 AB in the DSL last year. No speed and plays terrible defense. Probably won’t stay at third.YouTube
32406Yenci PenaTEX19RKR6′ 2”193Has shown a little bit of power and decent contact skills at the rookie levels so far.YouTube YouTube
33408Lucas ErcegMIL24AAAL6′ 3”210Below-average hit tool. Chance for average power if he can make enough contact.YouTube YouTube
34422Yohander MartinezHOU17RKR5′ 10”175“Don’t pay attention to DSL stat lines.” Too late. Walked more than he struck out last year. Also stole 19 bases in 262 PA.YouTube
35441Milkar PerezSEA18RKR5′ 11”173Displayed average contact and below average power in the DSL last year. Some believe he can get both to average. No speed.YouTube
36443Junior SanquintinCLE18RKS6′ 0”182Below average hit tool. Projected to get to above-average+ power. Struggled to reach base at the lowest levels last season.YouTube YouTube
37477Kevin MaitanLAA19A+R6′ 2”190Peaked at 16. Developed a weird action in his swing load. Moves his hands in a deliberate complete circle. Still displays decent power occasionally but has a well below-average hit tool. No speed. Nearly 20 at this point.YouTube YouTube
38526Matt ThaissLAA24MLBL6′ 0”215Above-average contact but struggled in his brief exposure to the MLB. Could get to average power but is 20 HR enough for a corner infielder?YouTube YouTube
39534Christian CairoCLE18RKR5′ 10”170Small frame. Currently zero power. Only average speed that he’ll probably grow out of. Mediocre hit tool not enough to compensate for lack of other tools.YouTube YouTube
40546Robel GarciaCHC26AAAS6′ 0”168Released by the Indians in 2013. Spent a few seasons playing in Italy. Signed by the Cubs last year. Posted 32 HR over 410 AB at three levels last year. Major contact issues.YouTube YouTube